Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Columbiformes
Family: Columbidae
Genus: Treron
Species: T. vernans

The Pink-necked Green-pigeon (Treron vernans) is a species of bird in the Columbidae family. This green pigeon moves acrobatically on the thinnest of branches foraging for fruits. Moving in small flocks or in pairs, they frequent fruiting trees or scrubs for food. Their green plumage blends well into leaf foliage and provides a good camouflage. The male, which is separated from the female by the pinkish-purple upper breast, shows aggression during feeding by vocalising, chasing and vigorously bobbing tail in defence of foraging patch. The female has uniform green plumage with yellow tinge on belly; thighs mixed dark green aria yellow and under tail covert pale cinnamon.

These pigeons are good seed dispersers for trees like the Figs, Indian Cherry and Wild Cinnamon and scrubs like the Rhododendron. Nesting has been observed from late March to late July. Pairs nest alone and not in masses. The nest often found at heights at about five to eight feet and sites range from low scrub to trees, commonly next to open ground and often on the Lesser Desmodiurn creepers.

Singapore Botanic Garden
February 2009

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